- Cordless Drills – of these, which?
Ive had one of these for about 5 years. I mean this genuinely, you needn’t pay more;Posted 5 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I’ve got the Bosch, albeit with a smaller capacity battery. The chuck is the only weak point, it doesn’t autolock quite as well as it could, but it’s compact, pretty light and plenty powerful enough for anything that I wouldn’t get the SDS out for.
With a 4Ah battery, charge time is moot, as the battery will last bloody ages outside of a purely industrial environment.Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
I have the makita, excellent drill and the quick charge is brilliant, more than enough torque for any diy jobs and mine gets used and abused around the farm and workshop – most of my cordless tools are makita just because they work time and time again and the plastic housings can take abuse or dropped from heights without cracking like cheaper alternatives.
The Dewalt at 1.3Ah is seriously underpowered.Posted 5 years agoSTATOMember
Ive got that DeWalt, it came with a 1.3ah battery and i bought a 3ah as extra. The 1.3 is so good for DIY i hardly use the 3ah, only while the 1.3 is charging (which is really short). Its got the umph to drill holes through tough (black) brick or through joists.
No idea how it compares but it has not come up short in any task ive asked of it refurbing my whole house so im happy with it.Posted 5 years ago
Is it the LXT Makita? LXT is their pro range with metal gearbox.
I use mine almost daily as I make and fit wardrobes and kitchens. It’s lovely to use and the battery has been excellent. 20 mins charge time means you don’t need 2.
I have a lighter DeWalt also, but it doesn’t feel as light in the hand.
The hammer drill works fine, but to go through concrete you’ll need an SDS jobby, like a Titan rotary Hammer from Screwfix for very little cash.
EDIT – just checked the link. It’s the one I’ve got. A real beaut, and surprisingly the 101 piece kit that comes with it is pretty useful. Although pick up a set of HSS drill bits, a couple of good 6.5 mm masonry bits and a tic-tac pack of de walt PZ2 driver bits to go with it and you’re set for life! The magnetic bit-holder is the best I’ve had. Don’t lose it 😳Posted 5 years agowollyMember
I was In the same position and I chose this,Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
I’ve got that makita from screwfix as well.
The battery lasts long enough to make charging time mute. I charged it up last month and I’ve probably used it for some job or another on the boat every other day and it’s not flat yet.
Only ‘complaint’ is I hate box sets of tools, as I’ve now got a box with assorted drill bits in it (great), but I’ll end up with another box with HSS bits that don’t fit in it, and assorted hole saws, and nut runners, and other stuff. Yet it seems a waste to bin the box! 101 piece kit is usefull though just for the extra screwdriver bits, it’s great having the right philips head driver for the screw rather than stripping it with the nearest posidrive bit etc.Posted 5 years agoCHBSubscriber
Get a makita lxt….I have Bosch and the batteries are rubbish (though its the older nimh).
I have a makita impact driver and strimmer and the build quality is epic.
The 18v LXT range has a great selection of body only tools at sensible prices.
Shop around though as I found places MUCH cheaper than screwfix for makita.
However , naturally with this being STW, what you really need is this:Posted 5 years agoCHBSubscriberchickenmanSubscriber
I’ve had bad experiences with Bosch, AEG + Elu (now DeWalt) battery drills; now use the Makita 18v with the two small batteries (makes the tool much lighter in the hand than with a big battery and as the recharge time is short, capacity is not an issue, assuming you have a spare!).Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
So we can now add Makita to the growing STW Aspirational List
How STW are you?…….(tick all that apply)
Wood burning stove
Audi (or vw if you can carry off a T5 van)
Haus Hausen Woodpile
Full suspension mtb (carbon of course)
Hardtail mtb (carbon/titanium or niche steel)
3 bike trips abroad per year
Malt whisky collection
Makita power tools
Au pair (either for the kids or for yourself to have a bit on the side)
Anything i’ve missed?….
😉Posted 5 years agonukeSubscriber
Makita are good though…bought the cordless lxt drill with just one 3.0Ah 18v; can’t personally see any need to buy it with more…if it runs out of power, by the time I’ve brewed and drank a tea its fully charged again. Plus you can buy the bodies of other lxt cordless tools (ie no battery) and add to the toolkit…got a lovely cordless lxt reciprocating saw the other week 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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